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Hank Ketcham’s birthday

Hank Ketcham’s birthday

Hank Ketcham’s birthday

Originally shared by Grand Comics Database

Hank Ketcham (14 March 1920 – 1 June 2001, USA) was a comics artist who began his career in the late 1930s as an animator for Walter Lantz and for Walt Disney.

Working as a freelance cartoonist after World War II, he was inspired by his son Dennis to create the ‘Dennis the Menace’ syndicated cartoon.

‘Dennis’ began in March of 1951, reached 30 million people world-wide within two years, and is still going strong today. Ketcham worked on it until his retirement in 1994.

When a Sunday ‘Dennis’ strip began in 1952, Ketcham hired writer Fred Toole and artist Al Wiseman to create both that strip and the comic books that began appearing late in 1953.

The comics were published until the early 1980s, first by Ned Pines, then by Hallden, and finally by Marvel. Ketcham contributed some covers for the comics, and they often included a few reprints of his daily cartoons.

Ketcham received the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 1953. After his retirement, he painted full time.

At Comiclopedia —

At Wikipedia —

In the GCD —

(Ketcham created the cover of “Dennis the Menace and His Pal Joey” #1, Summer 1961)

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